Skip to comments.Children 'dumped in streets by Greek parents who can't afford to look after them any more'
Posted on 01/11/2012 11:46:34 AM PST by traumer
Children are being abandoned on Greece's streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more. Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast becoming the most tragic human consequence of the Euro crisis.
It comes as pharmacists revealed the country had almost run out of aspirin, as multi-billion euro austerity measures filter their way through society.
Athens' Ark of the World youth centre said four children, including a newborn baby, had been left on its doorstep in recent months. One mother, it said, ran away after handing over her two-year-old daughter Natasha.
Four-year-old Anna was found by a teacher clutching a note that read: 'I will not be coming to pick up Anna today because I cannot afford to look after her. Please take good care of her. Sorry.'
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Strong enough to run so momma is still eating fairly well.
Any parent who would abandon their child should be shot dead in the street like a dog.
The day the welfare and food stamps dry up here we will see the same thing.Many of these kids were only pay checks to their parents.....
Sad but very true.
The inevitable result of socialism!
Socialism changes people from assets as God intended to liabilities of the state.
Sorry, ain’t buying it. First off I doubt any Greek will be naming their daughter “Natasha”.
So very true. Here in my state, social workers are having a difficult time finding foster homes for kids who enter the system... because the children their trying to find homes for consist of sibling groups of seven, eight, NINE children being placed. Why would families be having that many children?? To increase their gravy train.
As evidenced by complete lack of parenting that inevitably results in thousands of welfare babies growing up to be derelicts.
Coming to an American neighborhood near you ... and this year.
It has already happened here: breakfast at school, lunch at school, dinner at school. Then, if they happen to be good athletes some wealthy family will take them in, clothe them, educate them, maybe even adopt them, and groom them for college athletic recruiters. (some sarcasm intended).
Pssst. Natasha is a Greek name. Don’t tell anyone.
They will end up like kids in Russia and Thailand.
Sold into the sex trade and slavery, or left to die in the gutter.
This will not end well.
This article in a Brit rag could be nothing more than pressure on the Brit PM to bail out the euro weenies.
OBAMA MONEY is all that keeps the babies being cranked out to gain MORE payment.....
Now there’s something we have yet to see from the Occupy Wall street morons
When will all the OWS babies be bored (just before the election)
In time to dump them onto the streets when the money runs out
The end result of massive budget deficits. America, take note!
Yep. People stop viewing themselves as parents, as workers responsible for supporting themselves and their families, and start viewing themselves as just another snout at the public teat. They don't have enough for themselves and their kids? Well too bad -- dump the kids and assume someone else will take care of them rather than getting off their arses and getting a job.
But who turns out a kid? A little food, a cot in the corner... Even I'm not that hard-hearted.
If I can eat, there's food for a bratling.
Looks like they are becoming like Athens in 430 BC.
Greece is becoming Brazil.
But, don’tcha know — Europe is SO cool! Their healthcare is totally free, there are NO guns, there is NO war, a college education is FREE (for those who are selected for it by the age of 12) and nobody has to work longer than 7 hours a day. Oh, and they get a 2 hour break everyday, too.
We want to be JUST like them, because America is SO bad. We make people work waaaaay too much — and we make them PAY for their own STUFF. We’re just so MEAN!!! /SARC.
Newsies is a great film.
Then you would have killed a lot of Americans in the era before the New Deal's social safety net.
During the Great Depression, families who could not support their children usually found other family members in better circumstances who could take them in, and many families were broken up that way. There was also a common intitution called the orphanage, run by counties or private charities, that took children in from families who could not support them.
It was quite common for older children to be asked to leave if feeding them made it impossible to feed other children. Then they would take to the road and the railroad, hobo-ing from town to town looking for work.
In 1933, William Wellman directed "Wild Boys of the Road", which is the definitive film about this phenomenon. The writers grafted on a happy ending for the boy. In the real world, he would have ended up in prison, molested by some older bum on the road, or beaten to death by a railroad bull. I recommend renting or downloading the film. It's a real eye-opener.
I’m sure there are plenty of American families that would love to adopt them...
>>Looks like they are becoming like Athens in 430 BC.
Yeah, substitute Mecca for Sparta.
I'd rather read history and dry numbers than watch some '30s socialist film.
In the depression people did the same thing here. A lot of folks had to park their kids in an orphanage until they could find work and get back on their feet. One of my mother’s best friends who I have known all my life was put in an orphanage by his mother who could not take care of him. He was sent out to a farm to live with people who basically just worked him to death and starved him until he finally ran away and was living in the streets. He told me this was very common at the time. It could happen here again.
It WILL happen here again.
Like you I am wondering if this is more of an immigrant problem - gypsies, Eastern Europeans - people who don’t have better to go back to and don’t have family in Greece who can help.
Your post made me laugh. A bratling, that is funny.
Maybe its time to write a modern version of Hansel and Gretel. Theres probably a good morality tale, to be told, of the socialist injustice that brought them to this point.
It’s a Disney “song and dance” movie, but very well choreographed. Ann Margret is in it. It is loosely based on the plight of the newsboys and their strike against the newspapers that wanted to cut their income.
“The day the welfare and food stamps dry up here we will see the same thing.Many of these kids were only pay checks to their parents.....”
My granny grew up during the depression. She was the first of 8 kids. My great grand mother would never have dreamed of doing this. They were lucky however. They had a farm and the wisdom to run it.
What a horrible way for a society to die.
“In the depression people did the same thing here. A lot of folks had to park their kids in an orphanage until they could find work and get back on their feet. One of my mothers best friends who I have known all my life was put in an orphanage by his mother who could not take care of him. He was sent out to a farm to live with people who basically just worked him to death and starved him until he finally ran away and was living in the streets. He told me this was very common at the time. It could happen here again.
Actually it has.....
Father leaves nine children at Nebraska hospital
Parents are abandoning teenagers at Nebraska hospitals, in a case of a well intentioned law inspiring unintended results.
Over the last two weeks, moms or dads have dropped off seven teens at hospitals in the Cornhusker state, indicating they didnt want to care for them any more.
They were tired of their parenting role, according to Todd Landry of Nebraskas Department of Health and Human Services, quoted in USA Today.
Under a newly implemented law, Nebraska is the only state in the nation to allow parents to leave children of any age at hospitals and request they be taken care of, USA Today notes. So-called safe haven laws in other states were designed to protect babies and infants from parental abandonment.
The most eye-popping case in Nebraska occurred Wednesday, when a 34-year-old father deposited nine children ages 1 to 17 at Creighton University Medical Center — and then walked away.
The mother died a year and a half ago after a cerebral hemorrhage. The father, Gary Staton, told KETV-TV, a local station, “I was with her for 17 years, and then she was gone. What was I going to do? We raised them together. I didn’t think I could do it alone. I fell apart. I couldn’t take care of them.”
The Omaha World-Herald reported that the man had a history of unemployment, eviction notices and unpaid bills and a psychologists determination that he lacked common sense.
The childrens grandmother told the World-Herald other family members planned to take care of the children, but the paper said their destination was still uncertain.
In USA Today, Landry said the children were struggling to varying degrees with whats happened to them.
The World-Herald wrote that state social service officials cautioned Thursday that leaving children at hospitals doesnt absolve parents of their responsibilities.
As if the events already recounted werent odd enough, the World-Herald said that in a separate incident, an 18 year old boy had turned himself in under the law Tuesday at a hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The moral of this story appears to be that safe haven laws need to be very carefully and narrowly written to ensure theyre not abused by parents.
Making sure an unwanted baby finds a home where he or she will be healthy and cared for is one thing. Telling difficult teenagers or nine children youre not my responsibility any more is another.
“It WILL happen here again.”
see post #43 it has happened.
The Greek government just added pedophiles to thier list of helpless people who need gov money to survive. The Greeks now pay pedophiles, exhibitionists, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists.
Greece is obviously a cesspool.
I saw that. Wonder if they have money to open orphanages?
Some weren't wanted, some were abandoned on streets, some had families who couldn't care for them, and some were taken from bad homes, but regardless of why, many had families.
The accepted estimate is around 200,000 children being rehomed in that time period.
Anne of Green Gables is a prettied-up, glossed-over version of an ugly story which happened to too many children to count.
Considering that the Greek economy only appears alive like a corpse twitching becuase of electric wires; who knows. The sooner they collapse the better; then they can start over.
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